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Interlocking Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete: What is the Best Option for Your Patio?

By madicyn@groundwld.com on  October 17, 2018 07:53
Interlocking Pavers vs. Stamped Concrete:  What is the Best Option for Your Patio?

When we meet with customers who are planning to add a patio to their yards, we have noticed that many are faced with the decision on whether their vision will come to life with stamped concrete or interlocking paving stones. In this case, there is not necessarily one choice that is better than the other, rather it comes down to what is the best choice for you and your patio dreams!

When determining what material, you want to use for the patio, there are several aspects to consider including price, installation time, durability, and ultimately appearance. We have taken some to compile some pros and cons to help make your decision a bit easier!

However, first you need to understand what exactly interlocking paving stones and stamped concrete are. Interlocking paving stones are individual blocks or bricks that fit together to create a patterned surface. Stamped concrete is simply poured concrete slabs that have designs and textures added, with a template, to create the finished product.

Stamped Concrete:

Pros:

  • Wide array of colors and pattern options
  • Ability to blend on site
  • Can be sealed to provide extra protection against wear and tear
  • Initial cost is less than pavers
  • Easy installation process
  • Stamped concrete patterns may hide any cracks that occur over time

Cons:

  • More long-term costs for repairs than with pavers
  • Cannot use right away because it will need to cure for several days
  • Concrete is prone to cracking in climates where the ground will freeze and thaw
  • Colors made fade over time
  • Concrete needs to be sealed annually

Interlocking Pavers:

Pros:

  • Most cost-efficient over-time
  • Repairs are easy because of ability to replace the broken stones only
  • Unique designs can be created with different colors and patterns with the stones
  • Pavers are more durable than concrete since their installation allows for flexibility and movement within the surface
  • Surface can be used immediately after installation is complete

Cons:

  • Higher initial cost, but less long-term
  • Installation takes longer than concrete depending on the intricacy of the design
  • Weeds may grow between stones if not installed properly
  • Stones may move if the ground is not properly prepared and leveled before installation begins
  • Joint sands that provide stability between stones will need to be topped off every few years if a binding polymer is not used

As you can see, there is a great deal to consider when deciding what material to use in creating the patio of your dreams. The best practice is to determine what your personal vision, needs, and budget are and then weigh your options to see what fits best!

Here at Ground Works, we have a team of experienced professionals who can help you by providing insight and recommendations for your specific project to help you make that those tough design choices!

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